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Charlotte celebrates MLK
Events and service part of holiday observance
Published Friday, January 11, 2013 11:45 am
by Herbert L. White

There will be a week full of events celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., with lectures, service and arts. Among the events are:

Jan. 15
Memorial and wreath-laying, 2 p.m., Marshall Park. This year's ceremony features community leaders Glenn Thomas and Jibril Huff along with Charlotte City Council member LaWana Mayfield.

Civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain of Charlotte and retired football coach Herman Boone will speak at Charlotte Country Day School.
On Cannon Campus, high school students will attend an assembly to hear Boone, the coach whose story was depicted in the hit movie “Remember the Titans.”

In 1971, Boone brought a newly integrated high school football team together, and ultimately a community, through leadership in the face of racial prejudice. By working together, the coaches and team members won a state championship. The evening before Boone’s visit, the school is screening "Remember the Titans" for students.

On Bissell Campus, middle school students will attend an assembly to hear McCain, who in 1960 sat at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, along with three N.C. A&T State University classmates. Their civil protest of inequality sparked sit-ins across the country.

McCain will tell the students his story, as well as encourage them that they can make a difference. Afterward, he will speak  to eighth graders, who study the Civil Rights Movement as part of their 21st Century History curriculum.

Cannon Campus is located at 1440 Carmel Road. Bissell Campus is located at 5936 Green Rea Road.

Jan 16

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts "Dr. Martin Luther King: The Legacy of Civility and Reconciliation," 6:30 p.m., Johnson C. Smith University Biddle Hall Presenter is Amadou Shakur.

Jan. 17
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools MLK Art and Writing Contest awards ceremony, 6:30-8 p.m., West Charlotte High School.

Recognition of school winners and announcement of district-level winners, who will receive an honorarium and will have their work shown across the district starting on Jan. 20.

Jan. 19
City of Charlotte MLK Holiday Parade, 11 a.m., North Tryon and Ninth streets. The parade runs along North Tryon Street from Ninth Street to Stonewall Street and includes high school marching bands, Junior ROTC, steppers, Greek letter organizations, social and community service organizations, elected officials and religious and community leaders.

Top performances will be awarded prize money totaling $6,000.

Jan. 21
Holiday Prayer Breakfast, 8 a.m., Charlotte Convention Center. The H.L. McCrorey Family YMCA presents the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the Convention Center's Crown Ballroom.

Tickets are $45 per person and are available at www.ez-tixx.com. Doors open at 7:15 a.m. 

• Bright Blessings, a non-profit organization serving homeless children and families, will host its center annual family service event starting at 10 a.m.  All activities will take place at the Giving Village facility, 608 Matthews Mint Hill Road in Matthews.   

Participants will help support projects to bring joy and comfort to  homeless kids across Mecklenburg. Projects will include making birthday gift sets and birthday cards, filling party bags, preparing hygiene kits,  wrapping gifts and books and preparing birthday backpacks.

Service sessions will be held throughout the day.  Space is limited and advance registration is required by by going to www.brightblessingsusa.org.


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